Girl Scouts Responded After Sparking Backlash Over Amy Coney Barrett Tweet
The organization tweeted and deleted a post congratulating Coney Barrett on her confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The Girl Scouts deleted a tweet on Wednesday which congratulated Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation to the Supreme Court, after sparking backlash. According to screenshots, the organization wrote "Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789," along with a graphic with photos of Barrett and Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
The post sparked criticism from people who condemned the organization's celebration of a Supreme Court Justice who has a record of being anti-abortion rights and who the Human Rights Campaign has denounced as being a threat to LGBTQ+ equality.
Girl Scouts deleted the tweet, and responded with a statement: "Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court. It was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent and we have removed the post."
"Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization," the statement continued. "We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women."
Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Court earlier this week in a 52-48 vote.